As Tennessee prepares to submit Medicaid waiver today, feds pull proposed ‘block grant’ guidance

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee still plans Wednesday to submit his proposal to convert much of TennCare’s federal funding into a modified “block grant” despite the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services withdrawing its proposed guidance to states on the issue.

“We are on track to submit Amendment 42 to CMS [Wednesday]. There is no change there,” TennCare spokeswoman Sarah Tanksley said in an email Tuesday evening.

Tanksley did not respond to further Times Free Press inquiries about CMS’ withdrawing the proposed guidance from before the White House Office of Management and Budget last Friday, as first reported Monday on Bloomberg Legal’s website.

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